I just sent a hand-written letter to Al Gore:
Your lifelong environmental work is to be applauded. Everyone should see the vital message you convey so effectively in “An Inconvenient Truth.”
Unfortunately, theaters are unable to deliver your ideas to the necessary scale. Even with a version available on amazon.com, downloaders must still pay $15. Any fee is an economic inconvenience that guarantees a limited distribution.
You must reach everyone, in a way only “free” can.
I humbly urge you to give it away.
Social connectors like myself will carry your message to saturation. If your film were freely available on the Internet, I would personally share it with my network of hundreds.
There are many profitable ways to make the film freely available. By widening exposure, you will be increasing the pool of DVD buyers. Also, increased merchandising revenues and donations will supplement DVD sales. Perhaps you only give away a low-resolution version.
Please enable this epidemic of ecological awareness. All you need to do is give your film away.
If the warnings in the film are correct, they are too important to be delayed by traditional and inefficient distribution methods. The current fee and copy protection are inappropriate. The film should be free (as in beer).
By utilizing existing peer-to-peer technology, like BitTorrent, Mr. Gore won’t even have to shoulder the hosting burden.
I appreciate your constructive comments on this matter.
UPDATE1: I realize that content sometimes becomes available on YouTube or via BitTorrent without the permission of the copyright owner. However, I am advocating for the owners to give it away legally, and then to publicize, promote, and encourage the distribution of the free release. I have offered to volunteer any technical assistance Mr. Gore might need in order to achieve this.